Descriptive Essay Writing
Assignment 1: Discussion Question: Effective Questioning
Assignment 1: Discussion Question
Jacob, a 13-year- old male, is caught shoplifting a hoodie at a local department store. Security
detained Jacob and called the police. Jacob was then interviewed at the local police station. His
parents were called and attended his interview with the detective.
The detective asks Jacob, “Why did you take the garment? Didn’t you think you would be
caught? What did you think your parents would say? Why did you do such a stupid thing?”
What do you think is wrong in this scenario?
What do you think Jacob is feeling?
What do you think Jacob’s nonverbal behavior would exhibit?
If you were the detective, how would your questions differ? Give an example of three
questions you would have presented Jacob.
What type of interview strategy would you have used?
In what type of environment would you conduct the interview?
Cite, as appropriate credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.
Assignment 1: Discussion Question: Effective Techniques
Before I start with this assignment, I would like to add a personal word. I was always
fascinated with Princess Diana and wanted to know something more about her and understand
what may have gone wrong with the fairy tale marriage. While searching for interviews on the
net, I came across this interview, and I was fascinated
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR00zvbz9hU). Luckily for me, I also found the transcript
of the interview too. I felt that three interview techniques were used in the interview. The first I
found was the usage of paraphrase, which can be seen in the below dialogues:
“BASHIR: When you say `she's on the other side', what do you mean?
DIANA: Well, they weren't on the right side to wave at me or to touch me.
BASHIR: So they were expressing a preference even then for you rather than your
DIANA: Yes - which I felt very uncomfortable with, and I felt it was unfair, because I
wanted to share” (Diana, Princess of Wales interviewed by Martin Bashir Panorama Interview,
Martin Bashir rephrases and summarizes the words of Diana by saying that the people
were giving preference to her husband. In another dialogue, Princess Diana expresses how she
found her role and Bashir offers his interpretation and Princess Diana agrees to the interpretation,
“DIANA: No, no one sat me down with a piece of paper and said: `This is what is
expected of you.' But there again, I'm lucky enough in the fact that I have found my role, and I'm
very conscious of it, and I love being with people.
BASHIR: So you very much created the role that you would pursue for yourself really?
That was what you did?
DIANA: I think so. I remember when I used to sit on hospital beds and hold people's
hands, people used to be sort of shocked because they said they'd never seen this before, and to
me it was quite a normal thing to do. And when I saw the reassurance that an action like that
gave, I did it everywhere, and will always do that” (Diana, Princess of Wales interviewed by
Martin Bashir Panorama Interview, 1995).
One technique that can be found throughout the interview is spacing and silence (M3-
Module 3 Reading Material), it is not a hurried interview, rather it is a slow and well-paced
interview where the questions are well prepared and the Princess is given enough time to develop